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Domestic Scenes: At the Chest of Drawers (1936)

Painting, Oil on canvas, 657mm x 810mm
Large woman bending over an open drawer and small man

Volume 2 of the Astor Collection of drawings, 1943-44.

This belongs to the ‘Marriage at Cana’ series for the ‘Church House’. Two guests, Stanley and Hilda, choose clothes to wear to the wedding feast. Ironically, Spencer decided to celebrate the joys of marriage at the time his own actions were leading to his divorce. He presented himself as a tiny man dominated by an exaggeratedly large woman, a favourite theme at the time.

Lent by Private Collector